Why creative engagement? What drew you to the opportunity?
I have been managing an architecture firm since 1999. Now that my kids are grown, I have time to pursue additional endeavors. I enjoy the one-on-one connection with people and the opportunity to hear their stories.
Before my youngest was born, I was a labor and postpartum doula and worked in women’s healthcare. Caring for and supporting people at the other end of life’s journey just feels like a natural transition. I find many skills that overlap here.
What’s your favorite part of your job? What “imbues you with enthusiasm” for your work?
When I find something that brings a smile to my client’s face. I am always searching to find what is meaningful for each person and those moments can unfold over our time working together. Many times it is the power of music. I often sing with or to my clients or we listen to music that they connect with.
How has working at Aging Wisdom and working with older adults changed your life? What would you say to encourage someone who is considering applying for the Creative Engagement Specialist position with us?
Working with Aging Wisdom has helped me to grow in many ways! I have been learning that there are many ways to enjoy life and make connections with people and that a compassionate listening ear goes a long way in improving someone’s day.
Someone thinking of doing this work should know that it can be challenging sometimes and also very rewarding! It gives you an opportunity to practice being in the moment, which is the best place to be in my humble opinion. You definitely have to be willing to go with the flow.
I am continually learning to slow down and follow the pace of my client’s and if I listen, I often receive a pearl of wisdom.
As my parents are entering their later years, I feel that the work I am doing, and the valuable skills I am learning are potentially going to come in handy.